Gluten Free Penne with Wild Mushrooms & Spinach


1/2 oz (15 g)dried mixed wild mushrooms
2 cups (500 mL)hot, no added salt chicken or vegetable broth
1 tbsp (15 mL)olive oil
4 cups (1 L)chopped mixed fresh mushrooms
3shallots, finely chopped
3cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp (4 mL)salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL)each dried thyme leaves and pepper
3 tbsp (45 mL)balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp (15 mL)gluten free cornstarch
5 cups (1.25 L)baby spinach


Try our new recipe for gluten free Penne with Wild Mushrooms & Spinach; a surefire way to please any crowd!


  • For a more complex sauce, replace 1/2 cup (125 mL) of the chicken broth with white wine.
  • Make a pasta 'al forno' by sprinkling the dish with Swiss cheese and broiling for 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbly.
  • For a meaty accent, brown 1 1/2 oz (45 g) diced pancetta along with the mushroom mixture.


Hydrate dried mushrooms in hot broth for 20 minutes. Drain, reserving mushrooms and broth separately. Finely chop rehydrated mushrooms.


Cook penne according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large, nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add dried and fresh mushrooms, shallots, garlic, salt, thyme and pepper. Cook, stirring until browned and tender.


Stir reserved broth with balsamic and cornstarch until smooth; stir into skillet. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened. Add hot cooked penne and spinach, tossing until spinach is wilted. Serve immediately.

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